During pregnancy, a woman gains weight 9 months in a row. So, you shouldn’t expect that a couple of hours after labor the stomach will be perfectly flat and the skin will become smooth. There is also no reason to get depressed and flip through photos of supermodels immediately after childbirth. Do you think this is correct?
Proud moms eager to inspire others
Bethanie Garcia from Arizona, armed with the support of her friends, decided to take a few photos of their postpartum bodies. However, after sharing the picture on Instagram, she received a lot of criticism instead of thanks for the inspiration. The support was present as well!
This is unhealthy.
Every woman should be proud of their battle scars, but not every woman should show them off.
As a postpartum other of 3. I really appreciate this post! I thought I was alone with how my stomach looks. So thank you for making me feel not alone.
Answer to the critics
The girl didn’t want to tolerate all the ill-wishers. She decided to give a powerful response to all the critics.
“Is this an advertisement for why women should get tummy tucks?”⠀
“Why aren’t there any fit women in this photo? Not every postpartum body is fat and loose.”⠀
“Why has society made it ok to bash women who bounce back yet glorify women who can’t lose weight?”⠀
“How about dieting?”⠀
“Posts like this bother me. Not losing the weight is a choice.”⠀
“I’m a mother of 4 but I’m also a smokin’ hot wife because that’s my duty. No way I’d be happy or settle to look like this.”⠀
“Photos like this tear women apart.”⠀
“So, you’re saying that skinny women don’t have real bodies?”
Just a small sample of the comments we’ve received over the past few days since our original post went live. It’s a shame that the point has been completely missed by some of the people that have taken time out of their day to comment. (The point being: the four of us have been friends online for a long time and finally met IRL and took a last minute photo together...of our different postpartum body types...to show that all body types are beautiful.)⠀
If you look at this photo and your first thought is “why are there no skinny women”, you have bigger issues to deal with, my friend. You can look literally anywhere: film, TV, Instagram, magazines, video games and see skinny women. Other body types are absolutely underrepresented in media and it causes women with those body types to feel less than... to feel like they’re not good enough.⠀
I want to encourage anyone who felt the need to leave any of the above comments to dig deeper, self-reflect, gain some perspective, learn. Your comment says WAY more about you than it does about us.
By the way, lately, more and more companies support plus size people. For example, in one of the recent Gillette advertising campaigns, you see a gorgeously buxom model.
What do you think about such photos? Do you get inspired by them? Do you want your Instagram to consist only of staged beauty? Share your opinions in the comments.